Xiaomi has launched ShareSave app in India, a platform for buying products from China

Xiaomi has launched a new e-commerce app that will let you purchase its devices and products that are only available in China. Xiaomi’s aim is to expand the reach of its ecosystem products.

The ShareSave app is first launching in India with more markets to follow later. Some of the e-commerce giants might already carry some of these products, but the cost of importing them has to be borne the customer. The ShareSave app has a unique approach to buying goods with plenty of opportunities to save on the cost of the product.

How much you’ll save will depend on the purchase mode. “Pair-up” will get you and another friend a discount for buying another of the same item. “Drop” mode lets you save up to the entire cost of the item if you can get enough of your friends in on the group buy. Finally, “Kickstart” lets you contribute an amount to a startup item so you can get up to 10 times the amount back when the item is fully funded.

Since the platform just launched, all the products might not be available immediately. If you’re one of the early adopters, you can already download the ShareSave app from the Play Store if you’re in India and check out the products they offer.

You can download the app from Google Play store from here.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ One UI beta Program registrations are open now

It was only a matter of time before it happened and now it has. Samsung has opened up registrations for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ One UI beta program.

Registrations for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ One UI beta program are now open through the Samsung Members app. Those who are interested can now apply to get a place in the program. The beta firmware versions are G950FXXU4ZSA5 for the Galaxy S8 and G955FXXU4ZSA5 for the Galaxy S8+.

The Galaxy S8 One UI beta brings Android 9 Pie. Google’s latest iteration of its mobile OS brings several new features. Going by Samsung’s update cycle, a stable build would come by March 2019.

Apple Maps turn-by-turn navigation is now available in India

Turn-by-turn navigation has been a major missing piece of the puzzle ever since the service went live in India back in 2012. The initial release did not even show directions for many years, and only had the most rudimentary mapping data.

While the mapping data improved over the years, with many of the establishments, businesses, and important locations now being marked on the map, at least in the big cities, and even directions showing up eventually, turn-by-turn navigation was still missing.

As of this week, the feature has been enabled and works as well as you’d expect it to from Apple Maps. It’s still pretty rough a lot of the routes are not at all ideal or even viable at times, so it’s best not to rely on it completely. However, the feature should improve as more and more people use it.

With turn-by-turn navigation, you also get cab service integration. If you enter the location you want to head to, the app will show you rides from popular cab services such as Uber and Ola, with the different fare prices. If you click on the app icon, it will open that app with the destination entered and ready to go. I couldn’t get Uber to show its rides within Apple Maps but Ola seemed to work fine.

What’s missing still is transport information, so you can’t find out how to reach a place using the bus or the train. There’s also no Flyover support yet, a feature which shows a 3D view of the area. However, this is not a particularly important feature.

The feature has been live for a few days now and requires no update from the user.

TomTom released Android Navigation app for India

TomTom has announced that its Android Navigation app has been released in Google Play for the Indian market. The app carries a price-tag of INR 2050 and will compete with the likes of Sygic Navigation (paid) and Google Maps Navigation (free).

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Features of TomTom Navigation app:

– TomTom Offline Maps. Maps are stored on your smartphone – so you can plan a new route, get re-routed, or search for points of interest. Without needing data coverage.

– FREE Lifetime Maps. Always drive with the latest map and get to your destination faster. Download 4 or more full updates every year for the life of your app.

– IQ Routes. The fastest routes, the most accurate and reliable arrival times at all times of day.

– Landmark Navigation. Wherever you need to be, search for the nearest landmark and let TomTom show you the route.

– Mapcode support. The middle of nowhere no longer exists. Drive to any destination within meters using its mapcode. For more info see http://www.mapcode.com

– Advanced Lane Guidance. Gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions. Merge, exit and change lanes with confidence.

– Spoken Street Names. Helping you to keep your eyes on the road, spoken instructions now include street names, to make turnings even clearer.

– Multitasking support. Clear turn-by-turn guidance while on the phone.

– Seamless Integration. Integrates easily with your Android smartphone contacts.

Other features:
– Landscape/portrait orientation option
– 2D/3D driving view
– Automatic day & night mode
– Clear voice instructions
– Automatic music fading
– Fast route recalculation
– Multi-stop routes
– See http://www.tomtom.com/navigation/android for full feature descriptions

Samsung SM-Z9005 Tizen smartphone spotted, to come with HD display, Snapdragon chipset: Report

According to a report by SamMobile that cites a Dutch report, a new device, SM-Z9005 has been spotted on the UAProf (User Agent Profile) string on the company’s mobile website. The alleged Tizen-based SM-Z9005 will reportedly come with a 720p HD display, however the screen size has not been revealed, yet. It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Krait cores but right now it is not clear if it will be a dual core or a quad core processor.


The report also points out that the Tizen smartphone, SM-Z9005 may come with specifications similar to the company’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S III. Moreover, the site expects the device to be unveiled sometime in October or November.

Samsung officially announced that it was integrating its Bada OS into Tizen, a few months back. After integration of its Bada OS into Tizen, Samsung has reportedly been working on the devices running the new OS.

Google Maps gets real-time incident reports from Waze for Android and iOS

The Waze and Google Maps teams are working together to harness the power of Google technology and the passion of the Waze community to make it easier to navigate your daily life.

Users of Google Maps for Mobile will now benefit from real time incident reports from Waze users. This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.


The Waze community will also benefit from two new features. First, the Android and iOS versions of the app have been updated with Google Search. Wazers will now have access to even more search results when navigating. Google Search joins other search providers making it easy to find favorite businesses and any local address.

In addition, after a successful beta test, the Waze Map Editor now includes Google Street View and satellite imagery to build out the map and make it easier to correct map errors reported by the community. For more information, visit the Waze blog.


The Waze and Google collaboration will bring lots of stuff like this. Stay tuned for more updates.

Videocon A42 with Android 4.2 & 4.5-inch display for INR 7,490 launched in India

Videocon Mobiles has announced the launch of a new Android smartphone in the Indian market today, named as Videocon A42, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2 and packs a 4.5-inch FWVGA display.


Key Specifications of Videocon A42 are listed below:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor
  • 4 GB ROM + 512 MB RAM
  • 5MP Rear Camera & 1.3 MP front camera
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1700 mAh battery
  • 3.75G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & GPRS Edge for easy web access
  • FM Radio with Recording
  • Expandable Memory upto 32GB
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • V Connect for getting links of popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp etc.
  • Preloaded Apps like Saavn, Hungama & Fun Zone

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